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Refrigerator with door pulled out
Refrigerator with door pulled out

User leans on open refrigerator door
User leans on open refrigerator door

She picks up a bottle of oil with both hands
She picks up a bottle of oil with both hands

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Refrigerator and freezer with pull-out doors and shelves

Refrigerator and freezer with pull-out doors and shelves work well for wheelchair-bound persons with impaired balance.

Description
Refrigerator and freezer have pull-out doors. The lower shelf is attached to the door. The other shelves can be pulled out individually.

Susanne's technique for removing objects from the refrigerator or freezer (photos 2 and 3): She pulls out the door and leans on it to avoid losing her balance. Then she grasps the object with both hands.

Authors comments
Unfortunately, only refrigerators and freezers with side-hinged doors are currently available. It works well for Susanne if the shelves are cassettes that can be pulled out. Such freezers are available, but Susanne has been unable to find this type of refrigerator. In the case of low pull-out shelves Susanne needs to consider how foods are packaged; e.g., handles on milk containers, or vegetables sealed in plastic bags, which she can grab with one hand.

Manufacturer
Gaggenau; no longer available

Purchased from
Household appliance stores

Paid for by
The user

Editors comments
Norcool produces refrigerators, with pullout shelves, see Norcool drawer fridge, www.norcool.com (last checked May 2017)

Tip is dated from 2005

Categories for this tip
housing » appliances, kitchen, Tips and tricks from people with High tetraplegia with partly function in arms/hands (C5-6, ASIA A, B).

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